Don't forget to check out our constantly-updated Orange County Concert Calendar Friday, June 21 Intocable House of Blues Anaheim Mickey Mouse and Norteño music this weekend? Why not. Intocable will provide just that.With their accordion/guitar sounds paired with romantic lyrics, these guys from C ... More >>
Monday, October 1 The Two FoscariSegerstrom Center for the Arts The LA Opera makes a one-night-only appearance at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts to perform Giuseppe Verdi's The Two Foscari. Verdi based his three-act opera on the historical play of the same n ... More >>
Jessica FordSome nights, I just want a cocktail delivered to me without having to leave the comfort of my apartment. I've come one step closer to making this a reality with VnC Cocktails--bottles of premixed, just chill-and-serve cocktails.VnC Cocktails include Strawberry Daiquiri, Banana Daiquir ... More >>
Jessica FordWhen your drink is served in a giant fishbowl, you know you're going to have a good time. Buster's Beach House manages to combine classy waterfront dining with a lively bar scene by sectioning off the bar from the main dining area. Get the best of both areas by claiming one of the boo ... More >>
Jessica FordThere are three reasons to go to a swanky hotel bar: well-crafted cocktails, no crowds and stiff pours. The Red Chair Lounge, inside the Hyatt Regency in Huntington Beach, may be walking distance from Main Street but it's clear you will arrive to a completely different crowd. The Red ... More >>
Jessica FordHuntington Beach's Shore House Cafe closed last summer. The Seal Beach one bit the dust around the same time, citing "redevelopment plans by property ownership." The Shore House Cafe in San Clemente isn't called that anymore, revamping itself as something called The Shore.
Tobin SharpThis week's adventure found me at the popular Seal Beach watering hole, 320 Main, a place where the mixologists take the creation of cocktails very seriously.
Pork taco, halfway between carnitas and char siu: muy good.Ninth entry in our series where we promise to review, for better or worse, every "high-end" roach coach that visits the Weekly's world headquarters. Another truck visits next Monday--when will YOUR mobile food truck come? Inquire wit ... More >>
Keep on chunking...Ninth entry in our series where we promise to review, for better or worse, every "high-end" roach coach that visits the Weekly's world headquarters. Another truck visits next Monday--when will YOUR mobile food truck come? Inquire with Jessica Ford at firstname.lastname@example.org!An ... More >>
Flickr user alpha du centaureOh, stop scoffing. We can see that face you're making: Ain't no shame in admiring a pretty drink every once in a while. While you'll usually find the cutesy cocktails with the cutesy garnish at things like bridal showers, outdoor wedding receptions, beach-side resorts ... More >>
Jessica Ford Strawberry Basil MargaritaIt's time to encourage double-fisting for our Drink of the Week. Tia Juana's in Irvine makes two specialty margaritas that stand out from the rest: the Strawberry Basil and the Kick-Ass. Of course you can choose to have just one, but if ... More >>
Jessica FordMost come to Tequila Jack's for their more than 100 imported tequilas, but when you're done singing, "1 tequila...2 tequila...3 tequila...Floor," switch to the Jack's Favorites drink list. That's where you will find the Long Beach Peach--and your server will likely give yo ... More >>
Jessica Ford The menu at K'ya Street Fare in Anaheim features dishes you'd find from street carts around the world, but the cocktails are far from something you would be able to find on the street. The restaurant is located inside Hotel Menage and the signature drink is the Menagetini--a co ... More >>
Ninth entry in our series where we promise to review, for better or worse, every "high-end" roach coach that visits the Weekly's world headquarters. Another truck visits next Monday--when will YOUR mobile food truck come? Inquire with Jessica Ford at email@example.com!Look at this lamb pit ... More >>
Jessica FordIt's too obvious that the House of Big Fish & Ice Cold Beer sells . . . beer. When you read through the extensive beer list, don't overlook the cocktail menu. It contains a few treasures, and of course, it helps that many of the drinks are served in 21 oz. schooner glasses.
Eighth entry in our series where we promise to review, for better or worse, every "high-end" roach coach that visits the Weekly's world headquarters. Another truck visits next Monday--when will YOUR mobile food truck come? Inquire with Jessica Ford at firstname.lastname@example.org!Behold this beautifu ... More >>
Jessica FordShore House Cafe, the 24-hour staple of Seal Beach, has closed due to "redevelopment plans by property ownership."Now where are we supposed to go after a Main Street pub crawl?
Seventh entry in our series where we promise to review, for better or worse, every "high-end" roach coach that visits the Weekly's world headquarters. Another truck visits next Monday--when will YOUR mobile food truck come? Inquire with Jessica Ford at email@example.com!Look at this tower ... More >>
Soho Taco's tacosSixth entry in our series where we promise to review, for better or worse, every "high-end" roach coach that visits the Weekly's world headquarters. A Hawaiian shaved-ice truck visits next Monday--when will YOUR mobile food truck come? Inquire with Jessica Ford at jeford@ocwe ... More >>
Jessica FordOnce featured in our "On The Line" chef-interview series, Daniel Stevens--executive chef of Z'Tejas in Costa Mesa--is leading a restaurant that has one of the most extensive drink menus around Orange County. From X-rated 'Ritas to Tito's 6th Street Bloody Marys, Z'Tejas can get anyone ... More >>
Jessica FordToxic PunchYou enter the Commissary Lounge from a semi-hidden black door in The Lab. There's not even a sign alerting you to alcohol ahead; it's just a word-of-mouth type of place that should never be called something so simple as "a bar."
Jessica FordWhile hanging out at Tin Lizzie for a friend's birthday party, I had a craving for some flavored Absolut. Luckily I found myself ordering from Tony--quite possibly my new favorite "mixologist." First was an experiment with Absolut Peach, which turned out to be delicious, b ... More >>
Vickie Chang/OC WeeklyThe Taco DawgSecond entry in our series where we promise to review, for better or worse, every "high-end" roach coach that visits the Weekly's world headquarters. Piaggio on Wheels visits us next Monday--when will YOUR mobile food truck come? Inquire with Jessica Ford at jef ... More >>
Feed the Taco Man, por favor...Dear High-End Roach Coaches: I admit it--I'm one judgmental pendejo. I have dismissed ustedes as mere scenesters, as ingrates who hopped onto a trend without acknowledging the Mexican pioneers who sued for the rules and regulations you can now easily navigate becaus ... More >>
Jessica FordConveniently located down the street from the OC Weekly office, Durty Nelly's is an after-work hangout with cold beer on tap and surprisingly good pub food for a place tucked into an office park. If the chili, a Wednesday special, or fried mac and cheese bites aren't tempti ... More >>
Jessica FordIf you are not ordering from a seasoned bartender, a Brain Hemorrhage is another one of those shooters whose name will earn you a funny look. It's not ordered often--for good reason, since it takes skills to make it correctly. It's all about presentation-- ... More >>
Jessica FordPlums Cafe in Costa Mesa draws in a steady crowd with its Northwest-inspired menu and first-rate wine selection. In the smallest section of the menu you will find just two dessert choices--but one is so good you won't want anything else.Even when crammed into a to-go container, the le ... More >>
Jessica FordFirst, get your mind out of the gutter--it is not that kind of buttery nipple. Second, almost every bartender knows (or should know) how to make this, but if they don't, be prepared to be met with a long, awkward stare and the question, "You want two . . . what?"
Jessica FordThe experience at Panama Joe's in Long Beach all depends on where you sit: the bar to the right or the dining room to the left. In the bar, you can watch just about any sport on the flat screen TVs covering the walls, and on some nights, you're greeted by scantily clad alcoho ... More >>
Jessica FordRed Velvet (left) and German Chocolate (right) cupcakes!Sure, cupcakes may be a dying trend as Willy has described in this post, but after tasting the Red Velvet cupcakes at French's Cupcake Bakery in Costa Mesa, you will join me in rethinking everything you once knew about this small ... More >>
Jessica FordSure, your parents always told you not to swallow your bubble gum because it would live in your stomach for the next 20-something years, but Tantalum in Long Beach has some bubble gum that breaks all the rules your parents gave you--and you'll like it.
Jessica FordIf you live anywhere in North OC, then you have probably stopped in Sweet Jill's on Second Street in Long Beach or Main Street in Seal Beach. Hell, if you've walked or driven anywhere within a mile of one of these little shops of heaven, the smell alone will have drawn you inexorably ... More >>
Jessica FordOPAH's light-up bar top stretches around a whole side of the Irvine restaurant. The expansive indoor bar seating is exceeded in swanky-ness only by the heated outdoor patio; even during those colder nights, you can stay warm outside while sipping on a specialty Asian Pea ... More >>
Jessica Ford Finbars in Seal Beach, a "New York style" Italian restaurant, serves up heaping bowls of pasta and thin-crust pizzas that stretch over the edge of the plate. The atmosphere is more homey than sophisticated, but it works for this neighborhood favorite, especially among those ... More >>
Jessica FordStep into Watson's Drug & Soda Fountain in the Orange Circle and be transported right back into the 1950s. This red-and-white themed diner combines American comfort food with a working drug store; it's not often that you can enjoy a burger and shake, and then purchase a t ... More >>
Jessica FordWith the recent opening of its third OC location, in the Irvine Market Place, Lazy Dog Cafe will certainly create some competition for the nearby BJ's Restaurant as word continues to spread. Both restaurants feature full bars separated from the regular dining area, but the vibe at Laz ... More >>
Jessica FordSakura in Huntington Beach features shabu-shabu, a Japanese dish in which you to cook thinly sliced pieces of meat and vegetables in a personal pot of boiling water or broth. This restaurant caters to groups and has a large outdoor eating area as well as a full bar to begin t ... More >>
Jessica Ford Capital Seafood in the Diamond Jamboree Center of Irvine has all of the necessary qualities of a fine dining establishment--linen napkins, chandelier lighting and attentive servers--without the prices such touches suggest. This most upscale outpost of the mini-chain of Chinese ... More >>
Jessica Ford The blur must be from those beer goggles...Kimera Restaurant Lounge, located near the Irvine Business Complex, attracts mostly young professionals looking for a place to unwind after work. The extensive drink menu here covers wines, beers and specialty cocktails, and the ki ... More >>
Jessica FordThe decor of Cafe Hiro in Cypress may suggest some kind of identity crisis--wall murals reminiscent of Tuscany, chopsticks on your table--but the food delivers exactly what the ambiance promises: a focused, unique fusion of Japanese, Italian and French cuisine. Panna cotta, ... More >>
Jessica Ford Southern Pear TeaYou can't experience the South without having a glass of sweet tea, and Memphis Cafe in Costa Mesa is taking the Southern staple and adding what any bar should--alcohol. Memphis' Southern Pear Tea is the Drink of the Week because it actually tastes like rea ... More >>
Jessica Ford Bad Girl Crepe: tastes better than this looks...The Crepe Maker is about as French as you can get in the Irvine Spectrum--Orange Countians feasting upon French crepes served by a staff (noticeably not French), next to a picture of the Eiffel Tower while French music plays in ... More >>
Jessica Ford Will Templin pouring a red blend at Total Wine in Tustin.To honor the new year, things are changing for this edition of Drink of the Week. Instead of "order this drink at such-and-such bar," we recommend you take advantage of Total Wine's inexpensive wine tasting. At onl ... More >>
Jessica Ford Caramel Honey ToastThe Diamond Jamboree center in Irvine is somehow always packed, no matter what time it is. After navigating the parking lot, you'll find Tokyo Table inhabiting a corner of the center. Previously only found in Arcadia, this restaurant has the vibe of a dimly ... More >>
Jessica Ford Bloody MaryAfter a night of New Years Eve partying, many will mark the new year with a hangover. And the best cure is to keep drinking, of course. If you can manage, drive or crawl to SOL Cocina in Newport Beach for one of the best Bloody Marys in Orange County. After tryi ... More >>
Jessica Ford Cookie FundidoOnce Rockin' Taco Cantina with a not-so-rockin' reputation, the space that now holds Matador Cantina in downtown Fullerton has received a major overhaul after reopening earlier this year under new ownership. Following the staff's recommendation--many of whom c ... More >>
Jessica Ford Hawaiian Shaved IceOno Ono in Tustin may not be the finest dining experience--you order at the front counter and the food is brought to your table--but the place has the Hawaiian atmosphere down. With a Hawaiian-inspired mural and palm tree in the entry, Ono Ono recreates a ... More >>
Jessica Ford Spiced Pumpkin MartiniTake the best elements of a dive bar--strong drinks and a loyal following--add classy decor and valet parking, and you get Bistango in Irvine. Tucked away among the commercial office buildings on Von Karman Avenue, Bistango is a restaurant and bar that ... More >>